1st Sunday of Advent
Today is Thursday, November 29, 2018
Dear Pilgrim Friends,
If you are ready for a little socializing, holiday decorating and Christmas music, join us for Pilgrim’s annual Hanging of the Greens festivities this Saturday from 9am to noon! All ages and mobility levels are welcome and helpful in this process. We’ll have coffee and donuts out from 9am until you are sick of them or finish them off. We’ll have a great time! (Some streets closed for A Christmas Story House Run www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/5k10k-run.)
At 2pm on Saturday, Pilgrim will host an annual World AIDS Day worship to remember those who have been lost to AIDS and those whose lives are still impacted, and also to give thanks for great strides in treatment and prevention and commit ourselves to be loving neighbors and allies in the essential work of HIV/AIDS education, prevention, anti-stigma efforts and treatment. We share leadership of this gathering with our friends in faith at Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Ohio City.
Sunday in worship we step into the season of waiting, and we’ll explore the idea and scriptural concept of God’s time, or Kairos, how it differs and challenges our usual perceptions of chronological time, and what insights it may hold for our faith journey in Advent.
Bundle up, Pilgrims – I hope to see you Sunday!
We invite people of faith and conscience to take part in a weekly interfaith prayer vigil to be held outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field office at 925 Keynote Circle, Brooklyn Heights. Our goal is to unite and amplify many faith voices calling for compassion and justice to guide the actions of ICE and to bear witness to ICE-imposed injustices and human rights violations taking place in our communities. We welcome non-partisan signage that lifts up values of justice, peace, compassion and hospitality to the immigrant. You can help us to stand up with and for our immigrant neighbors with your “ministry of presence.” If you are able, please come to this prayer vigil, led by rotating faith leadership every Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm.
Mark Your Calendars – Preparation for Advent
Our yearly Hanging of the Greens preparation for Advent and Christmas will be 9:00 a.m. this Saturday, December 1. Please join us to finish our beautiful Christmas decorating in the Sanctuary.
Winter Book Series – December 11
Join Pastor Kelly on Tuesday, December 11 for the second session of the Winter Book Series, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Lakewood Panera (14701 Detroit Ave). The book is Plainsong by Kent Haruf. “Ambitious, but never seeming so, Kent Haruf reveals a whole community as he interweaves the stories of a pregnant high school girl, a lonely teacher, a pair of boys abandoned by their mother, and a couple of crusty bachelor farmers. From simple elements, Haruf achieves a novel of wisdom and grace – a narrative that builds in strength and feeling until, as in a choral chant, the voices in the book surround, transport, and lift the reader off the ground.” (National Book Award citation)
Through this past Sunday, November 25, we have received 61 pledges totaling $153,544 for the support of the Mission and Ministry of Pilgrim Church for 2019. This bring us to 83% of our goal, so you can see we're making good progress. There's still time if you've not yet pledged for next year. Pledge cards are available on the ushers' table in the back of the sanctuary. Thank-you for your generosity as we continue to respond to the question through the prophet Micah's voice: What Shall We Bring?
Sanctuary for the Holidays
Home for the Holidays is a heartwarming and comforting concept, yet we live in a world where unfortunately this is not a possibility for many. This applies to some who frequent Pilgrim’s food pantry who are experiencing homelessness and some for whom stable housing is elusive.
We know this is true for Eulogio, while we have tried our best to make Pilgrim much like home for him and his family when they visit; we understand it is not. At least it is Sanctuary. In the same way that Pilgrim’s food pantry lives out the mission of the church to nourish those in the community who are in need of food, Pilgrim’s loving and generous offering of sanctuary serves a need just as acute.
We would like to be sure that during these uncertain and fearful times that at least this one family can have an "almost like home" sanctuary holiday experience. In order to make this happen we need some help! We are hoping to provide a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for Eulogio and his family. If you would like to contribute, please send donations to the office with the memo ‘sanctuary fund’. Every little bit helps, so please feel free to sponsor anything from a side dish to the whole turkey!
Also, THANK YOU
for helping to raise over $1,400
for our sanctuary guest and his family at last week's Charlie Mosbrook
folk music concert!!! So much love!
Food Pantry Needs...
It's that time of year ... the Food Pantry has great need for socks, hats, gloves, scarves for adults and kids! Please consider winter stuff for men. As always, we need personal products such as toothpaste, bars of soap, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant and feminine hygiene products. Thanks in advance for your generosity ... it's getting cold out there!
Stand with Us – Interfaith Prayer Vigil Thursdays
Seeking Sunday School Teachers
We have a small but wonderful group of children at Pilgrim, and depend on caring adult church members to teach and share activities with them on Sundays (after Passing of the Peace) on a rotating basis, once or twice monthly as preferred. Teaching experience a bonus, background check with Safe Church Policy orientation needed, love of children a must! Please see Halldor Gudmundsson or Xander Gallagher.
Matt and Lucy’s Versions Birth
One of the highlights of our Sunday School this fall is going to be the Christmas Musical Pageant, Matt and Lucy’s Versions Birth. The Sunday School children and youth with the help from animals in our choir will perform the pageant during service on December 9.
We are going to use the Sunday school hour on November 25 and December 2 for rehearsals. If you know of a child who would like to participate, it is important to attend on those days, if at all possible. There will also be roles that will not need rehearsal time.
We welcome any costumes that are appropriate and helpful for our Christmas pageant. Please contact Halldor if your angel suits don’t fit you anymore or if you have recently retired from shepherding and want to give away your uniform.
Escucha y Repite! (Listen and Repeat!)
United States residents have an international reputation for cultural and linguistic ignorance, despite our nation’s diversity. In recent conversations at Pilgrim, several of us noted that our desire to educate ourselves as part of our sanctuary church commitment, and to be loving and hospitable neighbors, would be well served by an introductory Spanish class. Join us for this journey of discovery with basic vocabulary and phrases, but also education to further our understanding of Central America. On Wednesday, November 28 we gathered in the parlor for an introduction and taste of Spanish-speaking. For those who wish to continue, we will provide workbooks, schedule once-monthly gatherings, and assign a few easy learning activities for students to do on our own between classes.
World AIDS Day December 1
Interfaith memorial service at 2:00 p.m.
On World AIDS Day, we invite you to gather with people of faith for a worship service filled with prayerful remembrance, hope, education and fellowship. This is an annual gathering of ecumenical partners who care about progress in prevention, awareness, treatment and advocacy for all persons affected by and/or living with HIV/AIDS. Pilgrim Congregational and Franklin Circle Christian Church (Disciples) welcome ALL to this service, where our guest speaker will be medical social worker Naimah O’Neal, a powerful advocate and long-time activist living with HIV and working to end the epidemic. Please join us on this 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year, Pilgrim hosts.
Service followed by refreshments and time to socialize, learn and ACT UP!
Yoga Offerings Weekly
Various yoga classes are offered at Pilgrim every week, by different instructors, at different (low) costs. Give it a try – and center your mind, body and spirit, as well as getting a great workout!
- Monday at 6:30pm w/Elaine (moderate level)
- Monday at 6:30pm w/Andy (naked, men only)
- Tuesday at 6:30pm w/Chaz
- Friday at 6pm w/Dan (naked, men only)
- Saturday at 8:30am w/Chaz
Reminders for this week:
- Communion and Bradley Fund offering is the 1st Sunday each month.
- Church office is closed Mondays.
- Every Thurs - Vigil at ICE office - 4:00 pm, 925 Keynote Circle
- Sat Dec 1 - Hanging of the Greens - 9:00 am
- Sat Dec 1 - World AIDS Day Service - 2:00 pm
- Sun Dec 2 - Children's Pageant
- Bible study at 9am every Sunday.
- Childcare/nursery is available Sunday at 10 am.
- Non-crinkly cough drops are available at the ushers table.
- Please sign up in Fellowship Hall to bring coffee hour treats or altar flowers, or to coordinate coffee hour.